What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Founded in the 1960s by Aaron T. Beck (who practised psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania), Beck explored the use of cognitive therapy in moving away from psychoanalysis. The “cognitive revolution” in psychology began in the 1960’s and by 1970, many behaviour therapists began to call their therapy ‘CBT’.

CBT holds that people are not ‘broken’, but only need to be understood.

Change occurs when the cost of not changing becomes too great.

Aaron T. Beck

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is used to change unhelpful or unhealthy ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, using practical self-help strategies and awareness/removal of common cognitive biases and distortions to improve your quality of life. Changing how one thinks can lead to significant alleviation of depression and anxiety, leading to more positive decisions, actions and outcomes.

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